Kofi Annan, former UN Secretary-General dies at 80

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Kofi Annan, who once served as the Secretary-General of the United Nations is dead.

The Kofi Annan Foundation said the former UN boss, who won the Nobel Peace Prize for humanitarian work, died on Saturday in Switzerland at the age 80, after a brief illness, according to a tweet by the Foundation.

“It is with immense sadness that the Annan family and the Kofi Annan Foundation announce that Kofi Annan, former Secretary General of the United Nations and Nobel Peace Laureate, passed away peacefully on Saturday 18th August after a short illness…” the tweet read.

Kofi Annan served as U.N. Secretary General from 1996 to December 2006. He had earlier served in different capacities within the same organisation.

The Ghanaian was the second African to head the UN after Egypian Boutrous Boutrous Ghali, who was in charge between January 1992 to December 1996.

His tenure as UN secretary-general coincided with the Iraq War and the HIV/Aids pandemic.

After serving for 10 years at UN, Annan served as the UN special envoy for Syria, leading efforts to find a peaceful solution to the conflict.

Kofi Annan described his greatest achievement as the Millennium Development Goals which – for the first time – set global targets on issues such as poverty and child mortality.

Kofi Annan was born in Kumasi Ghana on 8 April 1938. After studying at Kwame Nkrumah University, he went on to study economics at Macalester College, International Relations from the Graduate Institute Geneva and Management at MIT.

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